January 1, 2019 Subject:
A grand night!
I like this matrix, as it does not have too much audience but enough to feel the enormous joyous rapture that is contained in these fine two sets.
Set one opens with a quite unique and jazzed up Shakedown Street, there are some minor vocal flubs but thing get on point in the resulting funked out jam. Phil is loud in the mix and makes his presence know.
FOTD is sweet and a nice relaxing stroll through the garden and the band is firing on all cylinders. Queen Jane is sublime and raises the intensity of this set nicely.
Next throwin a great singalong with Direwolf and the good times continue. Good Times acknowledges what everyone already knew and features some monster Brent on the Leslie organ.
A strong Cassidy>Bertha closes out the set.
They come back even strong with a 20 minute Scarlet> Fire which is quite good. The good times continued with a fired up Women are Smarter, followed by a poetic Ship of Fools.
Estimated Prophet is a grand workout with nothing out of control just a thorough and complete piece by this sextet. This pre-drums set of music is nearly 48 minutes and will grown on you after repeated listening.
The drums are energetic and woven with themes of the Amazon rain forest and the exuberance of life being at a Grateful Dead show.
The post space features some energetic, if not frenetic, playing with Phil really pushing it and dropping multiple bombs. In Gimme Some Lovin' it is quite the peak moment when him and Brent really make this moment happen.
The Morning Dew is work .of art and Jerry and Brent are both dialed in and Phil really makes his presence known, with multiple Phil bombs, which this reviews loves.
The ending comes slightly abruptly, as Phil and the band really wanted to stretch this one out, and rightly so, but it is still just as rewarding as you think and smile that imperfection with this band often leads to greatness.
The Lovelight is a nice encore to lay down the vibes for which would become a very strong run at the Greek.